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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

Reading and Understanding the
Operation and Maintenance Manual

Safety Something YOU can live with!
Mine Type: All
Category: Haulage and Transportation; Mobile Equipment


Al Llewellyn provides the following reminder: "Equipment [machinery] operators should have to read and understand the Operation and Maintenance Manual prior to operating a machine, in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Some hazards are more specific to some pieces of equipment, and these are listed in the safety section of the Operators Manual."

Reading and Understanding the Operation and Maintenance Manual
  • Read the Operation and Maintenance Manual prior to operating a machine.


  • Understand all operating, servicing, and safety procedures prior to operating the equipment.


  • Ask questions during the initial task training and feel comfortable.




  • MSHA extends a thank you and a tip of the hardhat to
    Al Llewellyn,
    a winner of a limited edition sticker and patch.

    If you have a tip you would like to pass on, you can e-mail it to
    zzMSHA-MinersTips@dol.gov.
    If your tip is selected, you will receive credit in this space.


    Issued: 11/10/2005
    Tag # AP2005-91814